Food & Drink

The Very Best Steakhouses in Charleston

Published On 04/26/2016 Published On 04/26/2016
Halls Chophouse, steak
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Halls Chophouse

King Street Historic District

Owned by the Hall family, Halls Chophouse is known for impeccable service and hospitality, making it the epitome of a Southern steakhouse. The staff truly goes the extra mile to make you feel as if you're part of the family. Example: if you leave without shaking owner Billy Hall's hand, he'll gladly catch up and thank you for coming in. Each steak at Halls is shipped in from Chicago's own Allen Brothers and then seasoned perfectly by chef Matthew Niessner. Whether you stop by for the petite filet, or feel like living big and dropping $86 on the Tomahawk rib eye, you'll never leave unhappy.

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Oak Steakhouse

Broad Street

Located inside an old bank, Oak has a contemporary-classic atmosphere featuring specially designed chandeliers and local artwork. The owners decided to make good use of the old vault, turning it into a gorgeous wine cellar that offers anything from world reds to over 25 kinds of pinot noir. This steakhouse prides itself on sourcing ingredients from local purveyors, and has a great selection of seafood to boot. In addition to those mouthwatering steaks, the lobster and oysters are some true Charleston favorites.

Burwell's Stone Fire Grill

Burwell's Stonefire Grill

Market Street

Burwell’s Stonefire Grill has modernized the definition of a steakhouse by offering dishes that appeal to a more creative palate, such as deviled eggs that look more like artwork than they do food (though they still taste amazing). The space itself is very contemporary, and the rooftop bar is one of the best in the city, offering unique, artfully crafted cocktails and a thorough wine selection. For perhaps the best steak experience around, be sure to try the “Rock Candy” and cook your own meat on a 700-degree hot stone. If you're looking to get a steak cooked just how you like it, here's your shot.

Cure

James Island

Cure (an abbreviation for “Comfortable Upscale Relaxed Environment”) is one of James Island’s newest restaurants, and despite being located in a strip mall, it has all the flair and flavor of a Downtown fine dining establishment. All of the steaks are top notch, but the star of the menu is the rib eye, which is easily one of the juiciest pieces of meat you’ll encounter in Chucktown. Not necessarily feeling in the meat mood? That’s OK. Executive chef Peter Crockett has created a menu for everyone that features a number of items you don’t usually see in Charleston restaurants: blue crab claws, porchetta, and a prime rib gyro.

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Peninsula Grill

Market Street

Peninsula Grill is located inside the Planters Inn on Market Street, and offers a comfortable, inviting dining experience, whether you’re inside, or out on the open-air courtyard. Made famous for that life-changing 12-layer coconut cake that practically melts in your mouth (because of the pound of butter and three cups of sugar inside -- just ask Martha Stewart), this restaurant's savory options are just as decadent and flavorful. We’re talking filet mignon served with foie gras truffle butter, or lobster three-way (sauteed, tempura, and ravioli). Take your pick!

Grill 225

Market Street

There’s no exaggeration in Grill 225’s vow to serve guests the absolute best prime beef around. This local Market Street stop has a wonderful selection of meat (wet-aged for 42-50 days) for any carnivore, and a hefty amount of sides to go with it. Pair your New York strip with some seafood, or maybe even some garlic & cheese -- there’s no going wrong here. Just be sure to order one of the nitrogen-infused cocktails, which taste just as pretty as they look.

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Michael's on the Alley

Hutson Alley

Part of Holy City Hospitality Group, Michael’s on the Alley is almost like two places in one. It’s connected to Vincent Chicco’s by way of the Victor Social Club, so you can order off of VC’s menu if you’re craving steak with a side of cacio e pepe. In addition to classic steakhouse fare, the menu features unique creations like foie gras torchon and lamb porterhouse. Feeling extra extravagant? Stop by on Tuesday for “Tomahawk Tuesdays” and get a 30oz bone-in rib eye, your choice of two sides, and a bottle of select wine for $100. The big leather booths and low lighting make for the perfect setting for a post-dinner nap. Kidding, don't do that.

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Cypress

French Quarter

When the kitchen is helmed by James Beard nominee chef Craig Deihl, you know you’re in for a great meal. Honestly, who better to fill your steak craving than the guy who started Artisan Meat Share? Cypress has a few great cut choices on the menu, but the star of the show is definitely the Steak Diane: a New York strip served with wild mushrooms, Amish Swiss potato fondue, and a truffle peppercorn cream sauce. We don’t know who Diane is, but boy is her steak delicious!

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5Church

Market Street

Although not a steakhouse per se, 5Church gets an honorable mention for its 60-second steak. Chef Jamie Lynch paints his meats with rendered beef fat before searing them on the grill, a process the kitchen refers to as the “Bob Ross,” in honor of everyone’s favorite painter of happy little trees. The 60-second steak gets its name from the cooking process: the cut is seared on one side until it reaches a medium-rare temperature, which takes about 60 seconds. The extra-juicy, crispy crust on the opposite side is a favorite among carnivores who like their steaks as far from well done as possible.

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1. Hall's Chophouse 434 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Hall's is an elegant steakhouse known for its high-quality service and steaks, which are shipped to the restaurant from Chicago's beloved Allen Brothers before they're wet or dry aged and seasoned to perfection. Whether you stop by for the petite filet or treat yourself to the pricey Tomahawk rib eye, you'll always leave this wood-laden eatery satisfied. You'll hear live music every night of the week, but what really attracts crowds is the Sunday Gospel Brunch, when you can enjoy steak & eggs, pancakes, or waffles with a side of uplifting local gospel music.

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2. Oak Steakhouse 17 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401

Located inside an old bank, Oak Steakhouse has a contemporary atmosphere featuring specially designed chandeliers and local artwork. The old vault was turned into a gorgeous wine cellar with bottles from all over the world, not to mention over 25 kinds of pinot noir. This steakhouse prides itself on sourcing ingredients from local purveyors and has a great selection of seafood on the menu as well, lobsters and oysters.

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3. Burwell's Stone Fire Grill 14 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

Burwell’s Stonefire Grill is a modern steakhouse that offers dishes that appeal to a more creative palate, such as deviled eggs that look more like artwork than they do food. The space itself is contemporary, and the rooftop bar is one of the best in the city with unique, artfully crafted cocktails and an extensive wine selection. For an excellent steak experience, be sure to try the “Rock Candy” and cook your own meat on a 700-degree hot stone.

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4. CURE 1739 Maybank Hwy, Charleston, SC 29412 (James Island)

Cure (an acronym for “Comfortable Upscale Relaxed Environment”) is located in a strip mall on James Island, with all the flair and flavor of a Downtown fine dining establishment. All of the steaks are top quality, but the star of the menu is the rib eye, which is easily one of the juiciest pieces of meat you’ll encounter in Charleston. The menu caters to those who might not be in the mood for a steak as well, featuring a number of items you don’t usually see in Charleston restaurants: blue crab claws, porchetta, and a prime rib gyro.

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5. Peninsula Grill 112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

Located inside the Planters Inn on Market Street, Peninsula Grill offers a comfortable, inviting dining experience, whether you’re inside or out on the open-air courtyard. Made famous by its 12-layer coconut cake that practically melts in your mouth, this restaurant's savory options are just as decadent and flavorful. A classic steakhouse with a Lowcountry seafood twist, Peninsula Grill takes advantage of its Charleston locale to bring Southern flavors to New American cuisine. Set back from the street and behind a wrought iron gate, this is a private, romantic spot for an upscale dinner date.

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6. Grill 225 225 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401

Grill 225’s vows to serve guests the absolute best prime beef around, and they are very serious. This local Market Street restaurant has a great selection of meat (wet-aged for 42-50 days) for any carnivore, and a selection of classic steakhouse sides to go with it. But what Grill 225 is really known for are the unique Nitrotinis they serve, flavorful cocktails cooled to -320 degrees with liquid nitrogen that arrive smoking at your table and require at least a five minute wait to avoid freezing your insides. A theatrical kind of place to say the least, this formal steakhouse is best saved for special occasions that deserve a unique (and expensive) experience.

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7. Michael’s on the Alley 39-E John Street, Charleston, SC 29403

Part of Holy City Hospitality Group, Michael’s on the Alley is almost like two places in one. It’s connected to Vincent Chicco’s by way of the Victor Social Club, so you can order off of that menu if you’re craving steak with a side of cacio e pepe pasta. In addition to classic steakhouse fare, the menu features unique creations like foie gras torchon and lamb porterhouse.

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8. Cypress 167 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401

James Beard-nominated Chef Craig Deihl deals in high-end low-country fare at Cypress, a swanky bi-level restaurant in an historic French Quarter building. There are fine-dining staples like Steak Diane and an Asian-inspired crisp wasabi tuna, but for a taste of Deihl’s signature Southern cooking, go for the BBQ Trio with smoked duck, grilled sausage, and pastrami-spiced pork belly. For more casual snacking, you can post up at the second-floor bar for a chili-cheese dog on an everything bun and some craft cocktails -- though, you might want to err on the side of wine during your visit, considering there's a three-story wine wall with nearly 5,000 bottles.

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9. 5 Church Charleston 32 N Market St Ste B, Charleston, SC 29401

Although not a steakhouse per se, 5Church, set in a beautiful old church with high ceilings and stained glass windows, is known for its 60-second steak. Chef Jamie Lynch paints his meats with rendered beef fat before searing them on the grill, a process the kitchen refers to as the “Bob Ross,” in honor of everyone’s favorite painter. The 60-second steak gets its name from the cooking process: the cut is seared on one side until it reaches a medium-rare temperature, which takes about 60 seconds. The extra-juicy, crispy crust on the opposite side is a favorite among carnivores who like their steaks as far from well done as possible.